Catherine F. Burgett
Catherine is a member in Frost Brown Todd’s Columbus office where her practice focuses on the representation of both public and private employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters, including traditional labor work, employment litigation, breach of contract, and advising employers on a daily basis regarding employment issues. Catherine represents a wide variety of small, mid-size, and large employers, including those in the health care, manufacturing, logistics, technology, food service, construction, retail, and customer service industries, as well as, several public sector entities in Ohio and surrounding states.
Catherine’s labor practice includes working with public and private sector clients to:
- improve labor relations;
- resolve labor disputes;
- create and assist with corporate campaigns and representation elections;
- help organizations stay union-free;
- handle unfair labor practice charges;
- represent companies through the labor arbitration process; and
- negotiating collective bargaining agreements.
Catherine's employment practice includes working with public and private entities regarding:
- conducting or assisting with internal investigations;
- discipline and discharge issues;
- employment litigation;
- wage and hour litigation;
- discrimination, harassment, and retaliation investigations and litigation;
- drafting and litigating employment contracts;
- working with non-compete agreements;
- creating and implementing corporate training programs;
- advising and assisting companies in negotiating the WARN Act; and
- drafting and enforcing workplace policies.
Catherine has represented companies in federal and state courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, among others.
Catherine also spends significant time working with her clients and advising on the many day-to-day issues that arise with employees and enjoys helping her clients successfully navigate the often-turbulent waters of human resources.
Catherine is a regular speaker on labor and employment and human resources topics including, discrimination and harassment issues, the Family Medical Leave Act, wage and hour laws, the national labor relations act, public records requests, and best employment practices. She also provides ongoing education and training to many clients, which allows employers and their staff to identify and address human resources concerns with confidence.
When not practicing law, Catherine loves spending time with her husband and daughter, working her way through her “to-be-read” stack of books, and baking bread and pastries. She also enjoys serving as a Board member for Communities in Schools of Central Ohio and COLERA, as the Co-Chair of the FBT Columbus Office Charity Committee, and as a Trustee for the Robbins Hunter Museum/Avery-Downer House in Granville, Ohio.
- Obtained jury verdict for employer in multiple workers’ compensation trials.
- Obtained dismissal for employer in case of first impression in Ohio state court construing wage statute.
- Negotiated nuisance value settlement in a case where the plaintiff had previously demanded a six figure settlement after discovery revealed adverse facts.
- Successfully arbitrated contract interpretation labor dispute.
- Successfully arbitrated multiple discipline and discharge arbitrations.
- Successfully negotiated settlements between the parties with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- Argued issue of first impression before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth District on novel issue of law.
Highlights & Recognitions
- Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars®, 2011, 2012
- Named to Columbus Business First 40 under 40, 2015
- Graduate of Leadership Columbus, 2015
Memberships & Affiliations
- Ohio State Bar Association, 2007
- Columbus Bar Association, 2007
- American Bar Association, 2007
- OSBA Fellow, 2015
- Board Vacates Hy-Brand – puts Browning-Ferris Joint Employment Standard Back in Play
- Congress Authorizes Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation
- Department of Labor Issues Broad "Joint Employment" Guidance
- FMLA Leave Coverage Extends to All Same-Sex Spouses
- Timeliness is in the Eye of the Beholder - OSHA and NLRB Referral Program to Address Otherwise Time-Barred OSHA Workplace Complaints
- Unlocking America
- Staying Union-Free in 2011
- Second LogisticsConnect® Conference Confronts Labor and Workforce Issues
- 29 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers and 17 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars for 2017
- LogisticsConnect™ Highlights Region’s Advantages and Challenges
- Frost Brown Todd receives Business Partner Award
- Catherine F. Lacho Named Member in Frost Brown Todd's Columbus Office
- Frost Brown Todd Appoints 11 New Members
- 44 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® and 15 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars® for 2012
- 41 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® and 14 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars® for 2011
Civic & Charitable Organizations
- Founder, Student Leadership Institute at Mifflin Middle School
- Board Member, Cancer Support Community Central Ohio
Non-FBT Publications and Events
Co-author, Unlocking America - Legal Keys to Business Success in the United States
Co-author, The Practitioner's Guide to Defense of EPL Claims, Third Edition
Co-author, Recent Developments in Employment Law and Litigation, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Fall 2012